Civil Engineering with Year in Industry MEng (Hons)

Key information


This broad-based Civil Engineering programme provides sound academic training for the professional engineer.

Civil engineering graduates are in great demand. Careers in civil and structural engineering offer some of the highest paid jobs for graduates in the UK (source: Telegraph Graduate jobs: Top 10 starting salaries, June 2017).

As well as covering all the required bases of a civil engineer’s education, key features of the programme are the individual and group projects that students undertake in all years of their studies, applying their learning in context, with industrial feedback and an emphasis in engaging with the digital world of civil engineering.

These programmes are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which represents the four major civil engineering institutions and accredits civil engineering programmes on behalf of the Engineering Council, which sets and maintains the standards for the engineering profession in the UK. The MEng degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The BEng degree is accredited as: (i) fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and (ii) partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See for further information and details of further learning programmes for CEng.

This is a vocational programme which aims to provide the educational base for civil engineering graduates who demonstrate ingenuity whilst being practical, articulate, numerate, literate, imaginative, versatile, confident and inquisitive.

The MEng programme (H202) shares the same modules as the BEng programme (H200) during the first three years of study. In Year Four, the MEng students study more specialised fields of civil engineering at an advanced level including: structural and geotechnical engineering and construction management. Additionally they undertake a mutidisciplinary project, extending across both semesters of the academic year.

Programme in detail

You will be introduced to the essentials: structural analysis and design; fluid mechanics and hydraulics; geomechanics; materials; transport and infrastructure; the digital built environment and its digitisation. Year One includes an introduction to programming and a year-long civil and architectural engineering project, which in recent years, has been carried out in conjunction with Engineers Without Borders, an international engineering charity.

You will study maths relevant to engineering; structural materials; computer-aided drawing, analysis and design, and will be introduced to the principles of management for the construction industry. Site visits are integral to the programme, as are various individual and group design exercises.

An exciting part of the second year of our programme is a week of real, hands-on construction experience at ‘The Constructionarium’. The Constructionarium takes place at a six hectare site, specifically designed and built to provide a range of challenging teaching and learning conditions for students. There is an additional cost of up to £250 for the Constructionarium.

The programme gives you the opportunity to undertake an individual research project in Year Three. Teaching staff offer projects based on their research expertise. In Year Three, you can choose options modules based on areas of specialisation of the staff, currently these include: ‘risk and uncertainty: numerical application’; ‘structural steelwork; timber and masonry’; ‘structural dynamics’; ‘earthquake engineering, coastal and estuary processes’; ‘energy and environment’ and ‘materials for durable and sustainable construction’.

Work placement/Year in industry

Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience to enhance their employability by applying for a summer internship or a year placement with an approved company/organisation. MEng and BEng with a year in industry programmes will be available to new (Home/EU) entrants from 2020-21. Whilst the School of Engineering and the University will provide the necessary support and guidance, it is the responsibility of the student to secure an industrial placement. Applicants should note that industrial placements are highly sought after and competition to be accepted into one can be significant. They therefore cannot be guaranteed. Students who fail to secure a suitable placement offer will transfer back to the standard version of the programme without a year in industry.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

250 Year One undergraduates in 2013

UK league tables

Ranked 5th (Materials) in the Complete University Guide 2014

Graduate prospects

90% of our graduates who are in employment six months after the course have a professional or managerial job (Unistats)

Why this subject?

Be a modern engineer for the future. We are committed to developing the modern professional engineers for the future. We ensure that your learning environment reflects your future working environment. We have received many accolades from the engineering industry who regard our graduates amongst the most employable in the world. Our emphasis is on active learning, supported by traditional lectures and tutorials, as well as the opportunities to be involved in research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, Government, research laboratories and academics around the world.

Outstanding facilities. We are a centre of excellence for engineering research. We house the UK Centre for Materials Education and have a highly respected reputation for superb experimental facilities. Our recent £32 million redevelopment includes the new Active Learning Laboratory, one of the largest and best-equipped laboratories in Europe. State-of-the-art facilities include; two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), mechanical robotics, wind turbines, a water flume, additive layer manufacturing and many more.

Flexible programmes. The programmes are very flexible, providing opportunities for specialisation in one discipline or a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines.

Accredited programmes. 

MEng Accredited CEng (Full). Our MEng degrees in Civil Engineering are accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The accrediting body is the Joint Board of Moderators for the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Please see for further information.